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LUKE 10 MISSION TRIP

“LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES…”

HEAL THE SICK

TELL THEM THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR

NO LUGGAGE ALLOWED

Participants will not be provided with or allowed to spend money. Food and accommodation to be arranged as and when required. No mobile phones or other electronic devices will be permitted. Participants should be prepared for harassment, assault and possibly death. The programme is currently short on numbers so please pray for more.

Having read the small print would you sign up for this? Would you want your son or daughter to go? This is how Jesus describes the short-term mission trip he sends the 72 disciples on in Luke 10.

Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves…

If we are going on a short-term trip because we think it will be fun or an adventure, we are missing the point. It might be, but our focus must be on our witness and obedience to Jesus. Mission is a serious business – even short-term. These 72 were appointed by Jesus – what a great privilege and responsibility. So are we! They were sent ahead of Jesus to places He planned to visit – keeping that perspective in mind will bring a new dimension to our trip.

We’re all familiar with opposition to the gospel from our fumbling attempts to share our faith, but we mustn’t underestimate how severe this opposition can be. We need to be prepared to face it with wisdom and grace and the strength of knowing we are serving the Lord.

He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Jesus sees the harvest of those who are ready to hear and respond to the message. Even before Jesus sent the 72 out he asked them to pray for others to be sent out too. The team in Luke 10 went to northern Galilee (so it was not cross-cultural) – but ultimately the harvest Jesus sees is the whole world, and the challenge numerically to reach the world is greater than ever. To ‘send out’ means to throw or push out - Jesus uses ordinary, weak, reluctant, hesitant people who often need to be ‘pushed’! Let’s pray for more to be thrown out by the Lord into His work.

Do not take a purse or bag or sandals…

It can seem like a very fine line between being poorly prepared and relying on God. I wouldn’t recommend sending 72 people on a trip to Central Asia with no luggage, money or footwear! However, we need to be looking for ways to strip away our dependence on ourselves, our team leader or our sending organisation / church, to live simply, make sacrifices, and truly put our trust in God.

Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

While we may debate what forms it might take, as disciples of Jesus we should all expect God to do amazing things through us. However, regardless of the help that we are able to offer, or how much compassion we show, we must never forget the need for people to hear and respond to the gospel. These disciples also brought a message of judgment. Our task is to care for the sick and share the good news, to show the love of God in action and share the love of God for the world. As we do this we know that we are playing a part in the downfall of Satan.

How do you think of short-term mission? A fun teambuilding experience? A chance to meet people different from ourselves? A time for personal growth and spiritual reflection? An opportunity to offer help to people in need? It may be all of those things, but first and foremost is must be a heartfelt response to Jesus’ command to work in His harvest field so that His name may be glorified in all the Earth as His kingdom comes.